Psychiatric test for alleged bank robber

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 11:11 04/10/2012

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A man charged with robbing a Christchurch bank while holding what appeared to be a bomb and detonator will today be screened by a psychiatric nurse.

The screening test on Timothy Daniel Whelan, 22, will decide whether defence counsel Michael Starling will seek a psychiatric report next week under the Criminal Procedures (Mentally Impaired Persons) Act.

Whelan remains in custody. He was remanded in custody at his first appearance in court on Saturday, and counsel Alex Millen indicated that an application for his release on bail was likely to be made today.

However, Starling today told Christchurch District Court Judge Paul Kellar that no bail application would go ahead and Whelan would be seen by a psychiatric nurse after his court appearance.

Whelan is charged with robbing a teller at the ANZ Woolston branch while armed with what appeared to be a bomb and detonator.

The robbery was caught on a security camera, with the man making no attempt to conceal his face as he approached the teller.

Whelan was interviewed by police last Friday after the security photographs were published in the media.

Judge Kellar remanded the unemployed Parklands man to October 9.

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